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Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 18:30 Hrs  [IST]

CNBC Awaaz, J&K Tourism announce winners of CNBC Awaaz Travel Awards’12

Indian business channel, CNBC Awaaz, in association with Jammu & Kashmir Tourism and J&K Bank, recently presented the sixth edition of CNBC Awaaz Travel Awards’12 in Srinagar. The awards recognise and felicitate luminaries from the Indian travel and tourism industry who have excelled on the global tourism platform. Also, CNBC Awaaz hosted their award initiative in the state to reinforce and glorify Jammu & Kashmir’s resurgence as a favoured destination in the global tourism radar. The event was presided over by Ghulam Nabi Azad, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Government of India; Dr K Chiranjeevi, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Tourism, Government of India; Omar Abdullah, Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K); and Nawang Rigzin Jora, Minister for Tourism & Culture, Government of J&K.

In addition to rewarding best travel destinations in India, the awards also recognised ancillary services of the tourism industry like transport, hospitality, tour operators and travel portals, among others. Acknowledging the growing need for Ecological Tourism, CNBC Awaaz Travel Awards’12 also introduced a special category for sustainable tourism.

The awards were executed through an exhaustive consumer online survey with over 10,000 respondents across India. The jury panel comprised Amitabh Kant, CEO and Managing Director, Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC); Vikram Madhok, Chairperson, World Travel & Tourism Council India Initiative; and Ajeet Bajaj, Member, Adventure Travel Trade Association and Committee Member, 2012 Summit Advisory.

The winners of CNBC Awaaz Travel Awards’12:

Categories
Winners
Best Religious Destination
Shirdi
Best Wild life and Nature Destination
Bandhavgarh (MP)
Best Mountain and Hill Destination
Kumaon Hills (Uttarakhand)
Best Adventure Tourism Destination
Jammu & Kashmir
Best Travel State
Kerala
Best Beach Destination
Goa
Best State Tourism Board
Gujarat
Best International Tourism Board
Switzerland
Most Tourist Friendly City
Udaipur
Best Travel Insurance Company
TATA AIG General Isurance Co. Ltd
Best Business Hotel
The Leela Palace, New Delh
Best Resort for Health & Rejuvenation
Neeleshwar Hermitage, Kerala
Best Budget Hotel
Lemon Tree, Alleppey
Best Managed Airport
Indira Gandhi International Airport - Delhi
Best Domestic Airline - Experience
Jet Airways
Best Domestic Airline - Punctuality & Performance
Indigo Airlines
Best International Airline
Emirates
Best Tour Operator : Inbound
Kuoni
Best Tour Operator : Outbound
Cox & Kings
Best Travel Portal
Yatra.com
Award for the Best Medical Value Tourism
Fortis Healthcare
Best Boutique Hotel
Rasa, Jaipur
Best Luxury Hotel
The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai  
Best Historical Destination
Hampi (Karnataka)
Best Luxury Train
The Golden Chariot
Emerging Trend in Indian Tourism
Jaypee Group
Best Beach Resort
Vivanta by Taj, Bekal (Kerala)
Best Hotel - Architecture
The Oberoi, Gurgaon
Best Boutique Tour Operator
Designer Holidays
Best Restaurant - Indian Cuisine
Trishna (Mumbai)
Best Restaurant - International cuisine 
Megu, The Leela Palace (New Delhi)
Best Dining Experience
The Spice Route, The Imperial (New Delhi)
Blue Ginger, The Taj West End (Bangalore)
Most Romantic Restaurant
Bhairo, The Taj Lake Palace (Udaipur)
Best Wellness Resort
The LaLit Resort & Spa, Bekal
Best Luxury Cruise line
MV Mahabahu Cruise
Special Award
J&K Tourism

 
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